A Lost Lady
Publication Date: September 1997
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First published in 1923, "A Lost Lady" is one of Willa Cather's classic novels about life on the Great Plains. It harks back to Nebraska's early history and contrasts those days with an unsentimental portrait of the materialistic world that supplanted the frontier. In her subtle portrait of Marian Forrester, whose life unfolds in the midst of this disquieting transition, Cather created one of her most memorable and finely drawn characters. This Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of "A Lost Lady" is edited according to standards set by the Committee for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association. The historical essay describes the origin, writing, and reception of the novel as well as motion pictures that were later based on it; and a selection of archival photographs illuminates the connection between the novel and the people and places from Cather's formative years in Nebraska. Explanatory notes identify locations, literary references, persons, events, and specialized terminology. The textual essays describe the production and subsequent revisions of the text.
About the AuthorWilla Cather (1873-1947) is considered to be one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. She wrote the critically acclaimed novels "Death Comes for the Archbishop," "O Pioneers!," "A Lost Lady," and "The Professor's House." She won a Pulitzer
Roger L. Welsch is a television personality and is the author of nearly thirty books, including "It's Not the End of the Earth, but You Can See It from Here" and "Touching the Fire: Buffalo Dancers, the Sky Bundle, and Other Tales," both available in Bison Books editions. Linda K. Welsch is an acclaimed Nebraska artist. Susan J. Rosowski (1942-2004) is the author of "Birthing a Nation: Gender, Creativity, and the West in American Literature" (Nebraska 1999).
Frederick M. Link is professor emeritus of English at the University of Nebraska.